|Various Artists - Observatory Online Archives Vol.1 [os001-os014]|
Observatory is an independent net-label from Vienna, Austria, releasing completely free, high quality EPs of the many artists involved with the independent record label, Skylab Operations and the friends we make along our journey through independent music. This compilation draws together the first 14 releases from Observatory Online in one place.
Keywords: Electronic; Indie-tronica
|Balún - While Sleeping [os040]|
BalÃºn are three kids from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. They are named AngÃ©lica, JosÃ© and AndrÃ©s. They like to make dreamy electro-acoustic melodies for imaginary films. They play several electronic and acoustic instruments such as melodica, violin, guitar and accordion. Their music is inspired by little people called "Balunes" that only appear at night.
Keywords: Electronic; Experimental; Indie-tronica
Downloads: 18,128 (9 reviews)
|Text Adventure - Fantastic Disaster [os036]|
textadventure is David Roy and Steven Scott from Glasgow in Scotland. Their music consists of davids gentle folk guitars, computer game influenced casio keyboard lines, electronic beat programing and experimental noise, all being carried along by stevens bittersweet vocals about love and murder. The result has been described as Happy-sad tiny-epics.The "Fantastic Disaster" ep is a collection of brand new exclusive tracks embracing the whole textadventure sound, finishing with a cover version of ...
Keywords: Electronic; Indie; Electropop
Downloads: 23,375 (10 reviews)
|Arturuo en el Barco - Music for Students [os041] - Angélica Negrón|
Arturo en el Barco is the musical output of Angélica Negrón , a young composer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Angelica is interested in creating electro-acoustic soundscapes that resemble sad tunes floating in a land where sadness is non existent. She is inspired by the works of Gyorgy Ligeti, Stephen Scott, Pauline Oliveros and Erik Satie, and by the music of Tujiko Noriko, Bjork, Piana and Aroah, among others...
Keywords: Found Sounds; Experimental; Ambient; Piano; Soundscape
Downloads: 19,636 (11 reviews)
|Night Night - Stuntman and Psychic [os043]|
Night Night is the lap-pop alias for Dana Gumbiner, singer and songwriter with the California-based Deathray. Night Night's music is a somewhat blurry amalgamation of Speak N Spell affirmations over warbled tone poems, stuttered rhythms and heartfelt clicks and beeps. With Night Night, Dana is trying to create an atmosphere of pleasant fuzziness, something corresponding to a short flight on an airplane, or maybe your first glass of wine...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient Techno
Downloads: 30,360 (1 review)
|vitaminsforyou - free fill specter [os045]|
Straight from Winnipeg's experimental electronic scene, vitaminsforyou has been developing sound and music for theatre, dance, film, video, animation and prose across Canada working with artists in a variety of genres from electro-acoustic sound designers to some of Canadas darling pop practitioners. Recent performances include an invitation to play at Mexico Citys Mutek Festival, Toronto's Canadian Electronic Ensembles Festival and the Deep Wireless Festival, Montreal's Mutek Festival, Saskatoo...
Keywords: Electronica; Indie; Indie-Tronica; IDM
Downloads: 25,973 (3 reviews)
|Mou, Lips! - Nord Me [os018]|
Mou,Lips! is the box containing the "open and vivid universe" imagined by Emanuela De Angelis and Andrea Gabriele. The sounding espression cinematize the human form. Breath, molecules of dailyness are the sounds reproducing forgetted, accepted, conscious dimensions of states. Significative nuances.... The Original version of "letter (from home)" appears on the "Peanuts and Shells Geometria" CD available in January on List Records...
Keywords: Ambient; Microsound; Electronic
|Tree Wave - Cabana EP [os034]|
One man's obsolete computer trash is another man's treasure. Especially if that other man is Paul Slocum. With Tree Wave, Paul and vocalist Lauren Gray take familiar 80's electronics and use them to create indisputably original and remarkably warm music. Instruments include an Atari 2600, a Commodore 64, a 286 luggable PC, and an Epson dot matrix printer, all reprogrammed as sound generators. In live shows, the Atari 2600 works double-duty as an hypnotic image projector...
Keywords: Indie-tronica; Electropop; Chipstyle; Electronic
Downloads: 21,356 (5 reviews)
|Pacifica - Warm Blankie [os019]|
Rod (one half of the e-popsters Collette Carter) brings five new tracks that glisten and glow with the best reasons to stay home with yr headphones. Collette Carter's new album will soon be available through the knowing heads at TBTMO.
Keywords: Electronic; Electropop; Glitch; Ambient
Downloads: 1,972 (1 review)
|Eiafuawn - The Modulator Hustle [os017]|
Recorded at Low Earth Orbit on four track machines and other devices. Drums, guitars, bass, singing, and all other instruments by Clay Parton. All clicks, pops, static, and other noises are intentional. Headphones and weed recommended for optimum listening experience.
Keywords: Indie; Lo-Fi
Downloads: 10,577 (1 review)
|.Tape. - Sea-Scaping Monthly in 4 or 5 Movements [os004]|
.Tape. is 26 year old Daniel Romero from Asturias, Spain. He wears glasses, likes playing with toy instruments such as the casio pt88, toy accordion, and a toy spanish guitar. He uses a very simple sequencer and records his toy instruments with a simple pc microphone. Bringing together his love for lo-fi indie pop with his love for melodic electro-pop, .tape. creates a unique story-book landscape where more than likely, you'll find the princess saves the dragon from the evil prince.
Keywords: Electronic; Bleep; Experimental; Neo-cosmic
Downloads: 28,935 (5 reviews)
|Lullatone - Music For Apartments [os024]|
Lullatone is the musical venture of Shawn James Seymour, and occassionally enhanced vocally by Sookmi Park of Nagoya, Japan. Seymour and Park also make up the visual art collective bunnybunnybunny. Lullatone's first full length will be released this winter on Audio Dregs Recordings.
Keywords: Electronic; Bleep; Minimal Techno; Microsound; Ambient
Downloads: 14,931 (3 reviews)
|Skope - Buildings [os029]|
Skope 2 grew up in New York City surrounded by music. His musician siblings impressed upon him the classic rock of Queen, Yes, and Kansas. Following their lead, he purchased his first piece of wax at the tender age of seven Kiss' "Destroyer". His father was an avid organ player, and kept the venerable Hammond B3 around the house for several years. Becoming a drummer, it wasn't long before his Dad's soulful taste really hooked him - the bop of Herp Albert and the groove of seventies R&B like the ...
Keywords: Ambient Techno; Experimental; Minimal Techno; Electronic
Downloads: 6,875 (3 reviews)
|Loden - In Zee [os011]|
Loden is 23 year old student Jolan Koks from the mid-size town of Hilversum in The Netherlands. Making music for over 7 years on both analogue and digital sources, Jolan mixes his love for sound (especially for The Beatles) and sunny days to create his unique blend of upbeat electronica, which personally brings to mind a mix of OMD, Boards Of Canda, and many of the Morr Music camp.
Keywords: Electronic; Glitch; IDM
Downloads: 5,143 (3 reviews)
|Boy Name Thor - Didn't Die Young [os044]|
Boy Name Thor is Jason Corace from Brooklyn, NYC, where he fuddles around with music, new media projects and failed attempts at adulthood. Last year, Jason recorded 100 songs in a 100 days (all of which can be heard at the boy name thor website) and spent the past year in a hazy musical limbo which he is just begining to crawl out of. His past records can be found on labels like BBPTC, Motorway, Mobstar and Unread.
Keywords: Indie; Electronic; Indie-Tronica
|The Uberkids - Remixes [os001]|
For this debut remix release the Uberkids, Rebekah and Noah Simon, secreted themselves in their studio and created a collection of specially-recorded loops and samples, which they then supplied over the internet to several members of the Skylab Operations family (such as I Am Robot And Proud, Headphone Science, Sweet Trip, .Tape, and of course, Phasmid) with specific instructions that the remixers could do anything they wanted with the samples as long as they did not turn them into anything scar...
Keywords: IDM; Bleep; Experimental; Electropop
Downloads: 14,220 (2 reviews)
|d_minum - Sunny Day Companion [os038]|
d_Minum is the musical output of Daniel Santucci from Berlin, Germany. He enjoys collecting sounds and arranging them with ambient and melodic content. The result is often mellow, flowing songs that fit perfectly on those days when you don't want to do much else other than listen. His first full length, "Names Forgotten : Places Remembered", will be available this winter on the lovely Pehr label from Los Angeles.
Keywords: Electronic; Experimental; Ambient; Indie-tronica
Downloads: 7,356 (3 reviews)
|Schro - The Relation EP [os031]|
Schro creates some really beautiful, heavily textured recordings. On the top it's generally mellow and atmospheric, but there's also a school of digital points lurking below the surface, waiting to peak out. The music is moody and well suited to soundtracks, which makes good sense as he has been known to score films from time to time. "The recordings I make are attempts to revisit moments and feelings I've experienced that I just can't explain...
Keywords: Electronic; Experimental; Indie-tronica
Downloads: 3,311 (2 reviews)
|Taisuke Matsuo - S/T [os027]|
26 year old Taisuke Matsuo from Tokyo, Japan is inspired by painters like Paulo Clay, Joan Miro and the methodology of surrealism. He produces his own ideal sounds by programming with sonic manipulators such as MAX/MSP and SuperCollider. Taisuke studied at the Berkley College of Music and now is a professional manipulator for the many karaoke BGM's throughout Japan. His full-length album was released in April '02 by Japanese label Memorylab and you can hear more of his works on the outstanding F...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Experimental; Rhythmic Noise; Glitch
Downloads: 11,430 (4 reviews)
|SK Pop - MP3 EP [os039]|
John Rickman, a.k.a. "SK Pop", is one of many casio keyboard enthusiasts who creates lo-fi, techno-inspired electronic music using either two Casio SK-1s or two Casio SK-5s. The Casio SK keyboards allow for a live-programming performance, which John Rickman has been pursuing since 1998, after receiving two SK-1s as a gift. John Rickman is also a member of the ambient free-rock duo EBSK. The Washington D.C.-based duo, rounded out by Eric Bruns, has been bridging the indie-rock underground and the...
Keywords: Electronic; Chipstyle; Abstract
|Osso Bucco - S/T [os026]|
Osso Bucco is NYC-born, Florida-bred and Barcelona-based sonic artist Gregg Kowalsky's solo project. After several years of manipulating sounds inside his laptop, Osso Bucco has brought his music to the people with performances at the Sonar Festival and Wrong Festival in Barcelona and the Nursery Summer Festival in Stockholm. His music weaves back and forth between ambient noise and digital harmony, which appears to be the focus of the compositions...
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient; Bleep; Experimental
|Kunstner5 - April [os003]|
Kunstner5 is the project of young Danish artist and music lover Claus Jungersen. He has been composing and producing in his bedroom for over 3 years, experimenting with many different styles of electronic music, he's not ready to commit himself to one certain sound. In his sparetime apart from creating music, he also runs the quite popular mp3-ezine electraum.com, which presents a collection of new electronic sounds from all over the world monthly...
Keywords: Electronic; Bleep; Experimental
Downloads: 3,246 (2 reviews)
|[ Manticore ] - 3ee EP [os035]|
The critically-acclaimed, award-winning creation of the downbeat wunderkind Roman Wojciechowski, [ Manticore ] is more than merely another flavour of the week, here tomorrow, gone the next day, all in the time it took you to fully digest a caviar canapé. For the first time in the history of humankind, music tailored exclusively to the elitist needs of the snooty neo-bohemian chardonnay-sipping loft-dwelling nu-lounge jet set! Buttery-smooth beats laced with silky-soft velvety melodies, combinin...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Minimal Techno; Ambient Techno; Abstract Down beat
Downloads: 3,471 (1 review)
|Headphone Science - Setsumei [os015]|
The line between electronica and outright musical experimentation blurs more on a daily basis. Richard D. James and Kid 606 are hailed as pop/underground culture heroes, bringing with them work that in the past would have been at home only in the most academic or at least iconoclastic setting. The up and coming Headphone Science mines this vein, drawing from the before mentioned artists as well as John Cage, Lee Perry, and The Orb in seemingly equal measure.
Keywords: Electronic Hip-Hop; Experimental; Bleep; Electronic
Downloads: 13,641 (8 reviews)
|Nick Cramer - Dimensional Rift [os012]|
Residing in the suburban town of Hillsborough (about 15 miles south of San Francisco), Nick Cramer uses his spare time to paint pictures with sound. With the aid of a computer and various audio programs and sequencers, Nick is refining his technique and sound. Nick gains inspiration from acts such as Pink Floyd, The Alan Parsons Project, Biosphere, Brian Eno, and Spacecraft.
Keywords: Electronic; Microsound; Ambient
Downloads: 6,207 (2 reviews)
|Sweet Trip - Design1:Dedicated [os025]|
"Velocity:Design:Comfort" is Sweet Trip's long-awaited follow up to their "cult classic" debut LP, "Halica", available now on Darla Records. The new album features 12 new, mind-sweetening tracks of Head trip, Roby's signature cut and paste, bleeped and blipped electronica, complimented with the angelic voice of singer Valeria Reyes. Here's a little taste for you!
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Bleep; Experimental; Glitch
Downloads: 5,513 (1 review)
|Monotronaut - S/T [os032]|
Monotronaut is a musical experiment by Grant Browning, a project which began it's life as melodic noise and feedback created by layered guitar wankery drenched in as any effects as possible. Monotronaut re-invents itself whenever grant becomes bored, and today it continues it's spacey exploration of music, incorporating more electronic production.
Keywords: Indie-tronica; Electronic; Surfaces
Downloads: 5,196 (2 reviews)
|Inclination - Corporate Music [os002]|
Inclination. The moniker with which Canadian bedroom-soundscape artist and engineer, Jason Cheshire creates his vision of the future. With influences ranging from ambient visionary Brian Eno to Depeche Mode to Solvent, Cheshire excels with his interpretation on electro-ambient soundscape creation. After Inclination's much anticipated CDr, "Bitrate Emotions", self-released by Cheshire himself earlier in 2002, we've collected 2 of his newest songs, 1 song off of his CDr, and 1 remix by friend, Kun...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Bleep; Experimental
|K.I.O.L - Adapt & Adopt [os006]|
From the woods of Denmark, come the refreshingly crisp and clean soundscapes of K.I.O.L. We'll leave it up to you to ask Stefan what it stands for. Track 1 contains a sample of "Waltz" by Real Ones, track 2 contains a sample of "Wind & Sun" by Snospray. Everything else performed, constructed & defined by Stefan Andreas Pedersen July-September 2002.
Keywords: Electronic; Bleep; IDM
Downloads: 5,424 (1 review)
|The Uberkids - Remixes Part 2 [os016]|
Observatory Online is once again, very pleased to announce a brand new release by one of the world's most sought-after new electronic acts, The Uberkids. Once again, at the urging of their father, Phasmid, Rebekah and Noah Simon, secreted themselves in their studio and created a collection of specially-recorded samples, which then were shared over the internet to members of the Skylab Operations family, with specific instructions not turn them into anything scary or demonic sounding...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Bleep; Glitch
Downloads: 7,247 (1 review)
|Books On Tape - Say More With Less [os021]|
Books on Tape is the musical alias for Todd Matthew Drootin. His recording career began in 1998 with the obscure Santa Cruz duo Subverse, then continued solo in Los Angeles under the Books moniker. Sworn to the MPC2000XL since 1999, Books shuns the use of laptops, opting instead for an array of gear including drum machines and guitar pedals. Live, Books on Tape has opened for diverse groups such as Rilo Kiley, Total Shutdown, Tender Buttons, Xiu Xiu, Thursday, David Lovering (ex-Pxies) and Dick ...
Keywords: Electronic; Bleep; Experimental
|Use - Prayers Remixes [os014]|
The original prayers were something I wrote for my mom while she was dying, other than that I'd just like to thank anyone who participated, bringing something positive to the table, and remembering how beautiful a life could be.
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Bleep; Minimal Techno; Ambient/Dnb; Glitch
|Finish Your Meal! - S/T [os023]|
When her best friend had to leave the country forever, a little girl decided to record the both of them singing as a memory of their friendship. This is what became of those recordings. Light-headed and care-free, Finish Your Meal! means to be a loving project from Nicolas to his 11 year old little sister, Charlotte Plaisant. As a joint effort with CKID (aka René Margraff), Nicolas also works on Anorak.
Keywords: Poptronica; Electropop; Electronic
|Orfeus - Hi Voltage [os022]|
Behind Orfeus is the 24 year old Martin Nielsen from the small town of Frederikssund in Denmark. Inspired by nature and space science, martin attempts to give a glimps of his views on the future of the planet Earth. For the past 7 years he has been in the progress of learning, creating and experimenting with music, sounds and instruments of many kinds.
Keywords: Electronic; Bleep; Microsound; Ambient
|Home Affairs - Sky Pool [os028]|
Home Affairs is the over 5 year old home-recording works of German borne sound artist Sebastian Wiessner. Sebastian creates many styles of music, from easy listening, to electronica, to trance, to electro, to straight house, using various computer software mixed with live elements such as vocals, pianos, violins, horn sections, and much much more.
Keywords: Electronic; Indie; Electro; Experimental
|Formatt - Shapes [os007]|
Based in Belgium, Formatt started early 2001, after several experiments with analog and digital sounds, as the solo-project of Peter Smeekens. Focussing on the digital enforcement of audio, the main goal for Peter is to achieve a perfect blend of warm, fuzzy analogs and clean, colder digital signals and patterns in his tracks.
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Ambient/noise
|Satellite Grooves - Simplistic Transmission [os005]|
Many of you may already know John Kale, AKA Satellite Grooves. He's a close friend and partner of Skylab Operations, so, shortly after the release of the Satellite Grooves full-length CD on Skylab Operations, it's only natural that we'd feature more of John's music through our online counter-part. Here we find 2 songs from John's unreleased debut CD from 2000, where you can clearly see the influence science fiction books had on John's music...
Keywords: Electronic; Electropop; Bleep
|Eyeliner Airlines - An Intellectual Library Date With Eyeliner Airlines [os020]|
Anders Arhoej, 1/2 of the outstanding Danish pop-tronica outfit Snospray blesses us with the debut of his lovely side-project, Eyeliner Airlines. With influences ranging from 80's pop, to experimental electronica, to downbeat melodica, to hummable indie pop, Eyeliner Airlines focuses on the hummability and foot tapability of his music and hopes to have you focus there as well.
Keywords: Electronic; Electropop; Poptronica
|Adria - Palaio Faliro [os030]|
Adria formed in Malmö, Sweden in the fall of 1999 when the couple Julia and Kristofer decided to make music together having played in other bands apart. With Julia singing and playing the organ and with Kristofer's pre-recorded beats and bass, the duo's take on naive semi-electro-pop songs flowed freely, resulting in their self-released 5 track CDr EP in January 2000, followed by their debut full-length album, "Palaio Faliro" on Speakerphone Recordings.
Keywords: Electronic; Indie; Electropop; Poptronica
Downloads: 6,344 (1 review)
|Imtech - Glitter Paint Evenings [os013]|
Imtech is a young man from Catalonia, Spain who creates experimental electronic music characterized by mellow and fragile melodies, strong harmonies and simple rhythms with landscape song structures. In a musical environment he began to learn clasical music theory when he was only a child and learned to play the piano shortly thereafter. Later, he was part of an indie-pop band with school mates named Patetiks...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM
Downloads: 7,685 (3 reviews)
|Phasmid - Lakefront Beats EP [os033]|
Straight off of the release of Phasmid's full-length 2xCD, "Her Friend The Blue Star" (Skylab Operations), Alabama civil rights lawyer and abstract electronic musician Kell Simon brings us a new ep featuring 2 older tracks and 1 new demo track from his upcoming full-length album, coming in late 2003. The title track, "Lakefront Beats" and "On A Rainy River" take us back in time to earlier Phasmid experiments of a more abstract nature...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Ambient Techno; Indie-tronica; Abstract
|Pellarin - S/T [os037]|
Pellarin is Lars Pellarin from Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the 2001 full-length debut on Couchblip records, Pellarin began collecting remixes of friends and their bands, which have made their way to this, Pellarin's Observatory debut. Coming soon will be the release of Pellarin's second full-length album, "Athen" on the label co-run by Lars, Statler & Waldorf, along with Stefan Mylleager of Effekt...
Keywords: Electronic; IDM; Experimental; Abstract
|Elastic Lego - 1984 [os010]|
Elasticlego delivers five tracks of 4/4 emotion. Manipulating African music, reggae music, rap music, David Lynch's student films, and Dustin's own voice as a few of those sources. "I didn't want to make something that sounded like everything else I've created and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to try something new. so I decided to try and tackle this 4/4 house sound....but what I ended up with wasn't really house at all...
Downloads: 1,545 (1 review)
|Transient - Prayers [os008]|
These prayers are sent into existence with strong force of will,to help heal the negative oppression of misuse of provider earth. Send your love to all creatures and help heal, you are responsible for reality. As you listen, and the music effects you, the emotions you feel will become the energy. Transient is the name with which Carl Martin creates his enlightening creations of sound, usually while hiking through a remote mountain top forest trail, carrying his trusty laptop.
Keywords: Electronic; Ambient/Dnb; IDM
Downloads: 7,095 (4 reviews)
|Minmae - S/T [os042] - Minmae|
There is no power outage here. The intellect is in constant exchange of ideas, never created, never destroyed. Josh Kempa (bass), Chris Calvert (drums),and Sean Brooks (guitar, vocals) make clean pop that broils under the sun. Perhaps. How many adjectives can one use? The band will be releasing their new full length CD on Greyday Productions this June. Both Greyday and Minmae moved to Portland for the coffee...
Keywords: Indie; indie-pop